CARA Indy Shop Tour postponed

Inaugural CARA Charities Indy Shop Tour Postponed Until 2002 Cancellation Strictly A "Business Decision" To Better Prepare For Next Year Sept. 21, 2001- Indianapolis, Indiana - Citing the lack of available time for additional planning and ...

Inaugural CARA Charities Indy Shop Tour Postponed Until 2002

Cancellation Strictly A "Business Decision" To Better Prepare For Next Year

Sept. 21, 2001- Indianapolis, Indiana - Citing the lack of available time for additional planning and preparation, CARA Charities announced today that its inaugural Indy Shop Tour fundraising event scheduled for next Thursday has been postponed until 2002. Below target ticket sales and the inability to effectively address final details and promotion of the event due to last week's national tragedies were the main reasons for the postponement.

"Although CARA Charities joins the nation in paying our respect to the victims of last week's terrible tragedies, by no means is the cancellation of this event due to any fear or concern about going forward with the Indy Shop Tour," said Mary Lou Bogner, CARA Charities Executive Director. "As a country, we have been asked by the nation's highest leadership to move forward and continue our day-to-day lives without fear or hesitation and, as an Indianapolis-based organization, I can tell you that our city is energized with excitement and enthusiasm for next week's United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Although we looked forward to being a part of this excitement with the CARA Charities Indy Shop Tour, we reluctantly had to make what was solely a business decision and postpone our event for one year."

The CARA Charities Indy Shop Tour is designed to be a showcase of the top open-wheel racing facilities in the U.S. when the international motorsports community focuses on Indianapolis for the annual U.S. Grand Prix. This year's scheduled participants were CART FedEx Championship Series competitors Patrick Racing and Team Green and Indy Racing Northern Light Series champions Panther Racing.

Although initial interest in the Shop Tour event was high, several potential attendees declined due to the Thursday date of the event. Most people and corporate groups will be traveling to Indianapolis on Thursday or Friday for the weekend's racing activity. Next year will also see the Shop Tour event announced prior to the start of racing season. This year's event was announced in mid-summer.

"We now have the ability to take a step back and pinpoint exactly where we need to make some changes in order to make the Shop Tour concept a success," Bonger continued. "The overwhelming message we received was that Thursday during the day did not work for the majority of interested parties. Most had already made plans to travel that day by the time we announced the Shop Tour.

"Next year we will find a date that will better suit our guests while also making sure that we fit into the overall schedule of events planned around the Grand Prix. We would like to thanks the teams and everyone else who have been so supportive to date, and we look forward to working with them again next year," Bogner concluded.

Shop Tour ticket holder refunds can be obtained through the CARA Charities office at (317) 299-2277. Communications via fax can be sent to (317) 293-8932 and the email address is carachar@aol.com. Please indicate in the subject "Shop Tour Refund" for all email purchases.

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, CARA Charities was founded in 1981 to serve the community through charitable work and promote the friendship of all those involved in the motorsports family. Over $3.25 million dollars has been distributed to numerous racing and community organizations, including the nationally recognized and award-winning "Buckle Up Baby" program that is a partnership between CARA Charities and the Bridgestone/Firestone Trust. In addition to the CARA Shirley Bettenhausen Children's Fund, other recipient charities include CART Ministries, San Bernardino Children's Fund, CARA Benevolent Fund, Inc., Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Foote Memorial Hospital, International Vehicular Injury Research Center, California Highway Patrol "Kids" Program, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Championship Drivers Association Benevolent Fund, Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer and Valley View Medical Center.

-CARA-

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